When should I call my doctor about my sore throat?
Most of the time, a sore throat isn’t a sign of a serious condition. You should call your doctor if your sore throat lasts longer than a few days. Your doctor will determine what is causing your symptoms.
See your doctor right away if you also have:
- Trouble breathing or swallowing.
- A visible bulge in the back of the throat.
- Excessive drooling (in young children).
- Blood in saliva or phlegm.
- Severe throat pain.
- Extreme tiredness.
- A fever, especially if it’s over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Stomach ache, nausea/vomiting (usually in children).
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Rash anywhere on your body.
- Flu-like symptoms, such as body aches and cough.
- Pain in your ears.